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New Year, New Goals

So apparently I still have a blog, it's been over a month since I've bothered with it.  However I know the 15 of you that read this thing have been anticipating my new year's post where I look back on last years goals.  Then make awesome new goals for the new year.  Here we go over a week in but whatever:)

First up 2017:

Kept it simple last year and I was successful.  

Spend more time with Gretchen:  I think I did.  It's hard to know if your spending enough.  Work always gets in the way, she spends time elsewhere, I workout at excess.

Lean out:  I'm a little leaner and more muscular than I was this time last year.  Of course I always want a little bit more.

Run another adventure filled race that is at least 100k long:  Bryce Canyon 100 miler, totally finished it and did a decent job.  Wound like to do better at my next big race this year.


Positive Thoughts:  What you think you become BS ( still working on it obviously.)

Stop using the words "stupid"  and "sorry" so casually:  Using stupid to preface whatever I'm about to say in case the person I'm taking to does actually think it's stupid.  Sorry when I'm not actually sorry at all it's just what I think.

Worrying about future things:  Because what's the point?

Lean out:  I already said it.  Do a little more, look a little more like a bad ass.

Make more: Things are better when you made them yourself.  Being creative is a good outlet.

Sell Running/Workout Stuff I create:  Put some actual effort into putting the stuff I make out there.

DogWood Canyon 50k

I was pretty excited for this race.  Sometimes you just need to run 30+ miles to get yourself back in the right mental state.  It was a quick trip but friends were going and I got to skip the weekend shit ( I mean shifts)  at work.   

Dogwood Canyon was put on by Bass Pro so figured it would be put on well and had heard nothing but good things about the event.  My first distance race was the Inaugural Bass Pro Marathon in 2007 and now while the thought of running a road marathon sounds taxing this race is part of the same fitness series.  The Dogwood events included a 25k that ran with the 50k and a 15k the day before.

I think my weekly mileage was hovering right around 20 since my last 50k at the beginning of October at Rockbridge Revenge.  I'd been spending all my workout time in the gym but running, lifting its all the same right?  

Basically it was just a good time.  Shannon was a great host having us stay at her cabin the night before the race.  Tacos, a couple beers and a shot or two of fireball made for perfect pre run dinner.  

We were really close to Dogwood so getting up and over there for the 7:00 or 7:30 start ( don't remember) was easy.  There was a bunch of us from Kansas City down for the race, a couple more are missing from this picture.  Plus a couple of AK people I always like to run into.

I thought about taking pictures during the race but then reminded myself I'm in a race and not that fast so maybe I should focus.  

It was kinda an out an back with some loops in it.  Wide trail paths, no single track, for a part of it (maybe 3-4ish miles) we were running on pavement which sped things up.  Then there were a lot of steep hills.  My favorite part by far!  I love running downhill and I'm getting better at speeding downhill not worrying about how bad it would hurt if I miss stepped and fell (pretty sure this will happen at some point.)  Then trying to power hike the uphills and just running the flats.  In a way made for an easier race since you don't have the same muscle movement the whole time.

I assumed I wouldn't place so didn't worry about it and just enjoyed the race.  Then of course with 5ish miles to go this girl caught up to me so I ran those last miles way faster than I would have had she not been there.  I was sure she was going to pass me because that's what always happen but I managed to keep her behind me and running fast (for me) seemed easy so that was cool.  

Finished 4 of 23 women and 20 of 71 overall so not too bad.

That Time I Got Poison Oak

That time I got poison oak, ivy, sumac or something of that nature. It was 4ish weeks ago.  I have been outdoors plenty in my 38 years and never once have I gotten a rash from a poisoned weed.

I went out to this well traveled trail that I don't frequent  often.  Running down the trail I see a path and think maybe this is a trail too.  Even though it's a lot less manicured than the trail you I'm on I go down it and keep going thinking "this is kinda narrow but still trail like."  I keep going further and a little further down the path thinking "this is definitely not a current trail."  It is really overgrown but at this point I am so far down the path  that it's just "f**k it, I'll keep going."  Eventually making my way out to the actual trail.

A few days pass and  "oh looks like I got a couple of oak mite bits."  Another couple of days pass and there is suddenly this huge rash all over my abs with a few rash lines on your leg because of course I just ran in a sports bra and tiny shorts.

Took this picture a few days after it started looking better, was much worse.

At this point I'm thinking it is some sort of rash from the woods but of course my mind goes else where like "I wonder what flesh eating bacteria looks like?"  I'm on a trip with my soon to be exboyfriend who seemed to not care and acted  grossed out by it (either because he was about to dump me or he is a complete wuss who cares about no one but himself, probably all of that.)  It was super fun but I just sucked it up and did nothing till I got back home.  

First I tried some random anti itch cream for a day, seemed to help minimally.  Started texting friends and then went to FB running group for help.  It was the worst 6 days in, making me so miserable.    Like I skipped workouts since sweat made it itch more.  I got a lot of recommendations on what to do and ended up buying the two CVS brand versions of more expensive name brand stuff.  The tiny tube of poison ivy wash was $33.00 but worth it!  It helped immediately.  Then the itch relief cream was much less expensive but definitely made everything better.    

Two days later the itch was gone and 4 weeks out the scars are almost invisible.  It took 5 days from actually getting it to realize I had it and I still have no idea which version of poison I had.  I plan on paying a lot more attention in the future. 

Rock Bridge Revenge Race Report: I Ran A Little Extra

 Apparently Rock Bridge Revenge was closer to 30 miles but since I can't follow directions I added a few miles on.

Originally I had planned on making the drive from Kansas City to Columbia the night before but that didn't work out so instead I was up at 3:45 on Saturday morning.  I think this might be the earliest I've ever gotten up for a race.  I threw my stuff including Gretchen into the car and made 2 stops.  One for my sister and one for coffee.  

We arrived about 40 minutes before race start.  Just enough time to grab my number, use the bathroom and lube up my body.  There were 30-40ish runners there for the 50k.  Great number,  it's not crowded, you can drive right up to where the race starts then just jump out and go.

The race started dry and the trails were really nice.  Some great runnable sections mixed with some serious hills.  I liked the down hills a lot.  It was about a 15 mile loop from what I understand, that the 50k's would run twice.  
I didn't really feel like I "trained" for this race.   I just like to keep my self in decent enough shape to run a 50k at anytime.  
The first stretch of trail was 6ish miles to an aid station then a mile out to the lollipop section of the course.  About a mile and halfish into this part the trail goes straight but it also makes a sharp left turn.  I should of made that left turn.  There were pink flags showing the turn but for whatever reason I didn't see the pink flags the first time and going straight you met up with the other side of the race course.  I also clearly wasn't paying attention when then mentioned an aid station in this section of the course so I ran to the last aid station.  At this point I thought it wasn't right and asked.  They said there was a mile left and me and this other guy where the first ones so clearly not correct.  

I stood around for a minute or a few texting (because any serious runner spends time during a race texting her best friend about how lame her sense of direction is) and deciding if I just wanted to end it because I was irritated with my self or go back and redo it.  I decided just to go back and find what I'd missed since quitting would of only given me 10 miles for the day.  This trip seemed like way too much work for only 10 miles of running.  Once I got back out to the section I knew I screwed up on I started looking a lot harder and the turn seemed obvious.  Went through it, found the aid station and shorty after it started raining fairly hard and things got muddy.  It was all kind of whatever at this point and I didn't pay too much attention to my time, eventually making it back to the start with 19.2 miles done.  Also awesome that some of the 25ker's that started and hour after the 50ker's were coming in to the finish.  As in not awesome for me.  I sent a text to my sister letting her know not expect me back anytime soon and went out for the 2nd loop.  I figured I'd get a decent negative split on the race course since I didn't plan on adding any extra miles to my 2nd loop.

The rain stopped early into the 2nd loop and some parts of the trail where dry and in good shape other parts were a muddy, sloppy mess.  I took a few of the miles pretty slow since I didn't care anymore but tried to pick it up reminding myself that finishing today would be ideal and my sister might want to leave at some point.

Took a few pics on the 2nd loop.  It was a pretty area for sure!

Like the 3rd time I've worn these shoes.  Now they look just like all my other Altra's, dirt colored.

The real reason I finished the race.  I didn't want to throw this stuff in the trash.  I'll do a lot for a sticker.